PlayStation Network

Sony May Offer Reward For Info To Help Catch PSN Hackers, Denies Claims Of Outdated Servers

Sony May Offer Reward For Info To Help Catch PSN Hackers, Denies Claims Of Outdated Servers

We mentioned earlier today that Sony is still uncertain when their PlayStation Network, Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment services can return online, although the plan at the moment is to reboot all the systems by May 31st. Sony's online gaming services were hacked over two weeks ago and the company is still scrambling to revamp security. But, now there are reports that Sony may consider offering a reward for information that can lead to the capture of the hackers responsible for the attack.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 7, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 7, 2011

Once again, we attempt to bring you a roundup of the week's tech news in under 6 minutes. The chaos of the Sony PlayStation Network breach continued into this past week. Apple unleashed an iOS update that addressed most of the location tracking concerns. Intel made their biggest announcement of the year with a new 22-nm 3D Tri-Gate transistor technology that really puts it ahead of the competition. Other major announcements came from the BlackBerry World conference as well as from a Samsung event. For the full list and video continue after the cut.

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PlayStation Network stays offline as Sony discovers yet more issues

PlayStation Network stays offline as Sony discovers yet more issues

By now, Sony had hoped to have PlayStation Network users back online, gaming away merrily to make up for all that lost time. Unfortunately neither the PSN nor Qriocity media streaming services are functioning yet; according to Sony, they're "still working to confirm the security of the network infrastructure, as well as working with a variety of outside entities to confirm with them of the security of the system." In short: you'll have to wait some more.

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Sony Targeted for Another Attack this Weekend

Sony Targeted for Another Attack this Weekend

Sony has been a major target of hackers ever since it's ill-fated lawsuit against George "Geohot" Hotz. The PlayStation Network attack has drawn attention from the FBI, the Department of Justice, Congress, and the New York State Attorney General. Sony responded via letter to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade on Wednesday, defending their response to the PSN attack. Now, it appears that Sony is a target once again. A group of hackers is apparently planning a major attack against Sony's website this weekend.

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European PlayStation Network anti-fraud protection “close”

European PlayStation Network anti-fraud protection “close”

US PlayStation Network users (and those getting their streaming goodness from Qriocity) already know how Sony plans to protect their identity, thanks to a 12 month bundled subscription to Debix's AllClear ID Plus service, but European gamers will have to wait a little longer. The European PlayStation Blog has confirmed that a "very similar" scheme is in the works, but will take a little longer to announce.

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Sony CEO apologizes for PSN breach: Free identity theft protection detailed

Sony CEO apologizes for PSN breach: Free identity theft protection detailed

Sony CEO Howard Stringer has published a public letter of apology for the PlayStation Network hack crisis, announcing the first aspect of Sony's promised compensation for US PSN users and Qriocity subscribers. Sony is offering 12 months subscription to Debix's AllClear ID Plus service, which includes monitoring and surveillance of potential fraudulent activity, priority access to identity theft restitution services, and a $1m identity theft insurance policy per user.

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Anonymous denies Sony PSN “We are Legion” calling card

Anonymous denies Sony PSN “We are Legion” calling card

Hacking collective Anonymous has reportedly denied being responsible for planting a file seemingly incriminating itself in the PlayStation Network hack, suggesting that instead the group has been framed by whoever completed the exploit and stole millions of user records and credit card data. Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, had told a US subcommittee investigating data theft that the file - named Anonymous and containing the phrase "We are Legion" - was discovered on one of the hacked Sony Online Entertainment servers.

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Sony Responds to the House of Representatives Hearing on Data Theft

Sony Responds to the House of Representatives Hearing on Data Theft

The attack on Sony's Playstation Network is getting serious attention from the U.S. House of Representatives today, as the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing today. The subject? “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.” Sony had declined to appear at the hearing, but Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, has sent in written responses to questions posed by the subcommittee. We have followed the PSN story very closely, as Sony has struggled to deal with the "very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack" on its network.

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